Houston completes the comeback
Astros secure series against Mariners with walk-off win in extras
After a lopsided win to start the series, the Astros had the chance to lock up another series win if they could get a victory against Seattle on Tuesday. Though it looked bleak late, they would force extras and ultimately get the walk-off win.
Final Score (10 innings): Astros 5, Mariners 4
Astros' Record: 81-57, first in the AL West
Winning Pitcher: Ryne Stanek (2-4)
Losing Pitcher: Yohan Ramirez (1-3)
Houston grabs a lead, Odorizzi gives it up
After getting just one baserunner in the first two innings against Logan Gilbert, the Astros put together a two-out rally in the bottom of the third. Jose Altuve started it with a solo homer to start the scoring, then a Michael Brantley single in the next at-bat set up an RBI double by Alex Bregman, doubling the lead to 2-0.
Jake Odorizzi held that lead well through the first four innings, allowing just two singles over that span, holding the Mariners scoreless. That changed in the top of the fifth, where he would watch the two-run lead evaporate after a leadoff single followed by a double set up a two-out two-RBI double to tie things up. He finished the inning but would go no further. His final line: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 66 P.
Seattle goes in front
First out of Houston's bullpen was Yimi Garcia in the top of the sixth, and he would watch Kyle Seager launch a go-ahead solo homer to start the frame. Garcia finished the sixth, then Phil Maton took over in the top of the seventh. With a timely double play behind him, he erased a one-out walk to face the minimum and keep it a one-run game.
After stranding a leadoff double in the bottom of the seventh, Houston moved on to Kendall Graveman to face his former team in the top of the eighth. He disposed of them in order, getting a 1-2-3 inning to give his offense another crack at tying or going in front. They would go down scoreless in the bottom of the eighth, resulting in Ryan Pressly coming in to try and give them a last chance in the bottom of the ninth.
Bregman ties it to force extras, Correa walks it off as Astros secure series win
Pressly would instead allow Seattle to add to their lead, giving up a one-out double and then an RBI single to make it a 4-2 game before he finished the inning. Houston went to work in the bottom of the ninth, getting a leadoff walk by Jose Altuve to bring the tying run to the plate. After Michael Brantley nearly tied it, missing a homer by mere feet, Alex Bregman would get the job done in the next at-bat, a two-run blast to make it 4-4.
They wouldn't get the walk-off win then, though, as the game headed to extras. Ryne Stanek took on the task of eliminating the free runner in the top of the tenth and did it with some solid defense behind him to give the Astros another chance. Yuli Gurriel started the bottom of the tenth on second base and scored immediately as Carlos Correa would lead off the inning with the game-winner, an RBI ground-rule double to walk it off and give the Astros the series win.
Up Next: This series's third and final game and the last time these teams will face each other in the regular season will get underway at 1:10 PM Central on Wednesday. Tyler Anderson (1-1, 3.38 ERA) is slated to be on the mound for Seattle, while Jose Urquidy (6-3, 3.42 ERA) will have the ball for Houston.
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